We are a period-instrument collective. We are musically open-minded, meaning we don’t restrict ourselves to one point in time or genre, but play music that we love and are curious about. We refer to these curiosities as little things in odd shapes.
Music for the people
In our opinion music is in everyone and for everyone, so we don’t just play in standard concert venues, but we love to perform in a range of different places – homes, pubs, restaurants, parks, streets, tunnels…Our performances often take audiences on a little journey, exploring historical and narrative threads linking familiar and lesser-known repertoire.
Although sometimes we combine styles, we often appear in one of four shapes:
IstanteBaroque | IstanteClassical | IstanteFolk | IstanteIllimani
When not performing with Istante, the ensemble’s individual members appear internationally with prestigious ensembles including the the English Baroque Soloists/Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Europa Galante, Concerto Italiano, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra.
Since forming in 2016, the ensemble has performed in a range of venues in the UK and abroad, including the Newbury Festival, St Stephen’s Festival of the Arts in London and Classica Aurora series in Arezzo (Italy), and was selected for the Brighton Early Music Festival Live! Scheme in 2017.
Istante is ensemble in residence at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead where two of its members direct Baroquestock, a feastival of early-ish music and home-cooked food.
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